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    How/What fun it is!

    L33 Kims Favourite Season
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    During this season, I can enjoy the different colours of the leaves. They are red, orange, yellow, green and brown. I like to play in the leaves with my friends. How fun it is!

    (English for Fun 7B, an English textbook for junior high school students in China, published by DC Canada Education Publishing and Hebei Education Press)

    I wonder if the last sentence should be “What fun it is!”

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    #2

    Re: How/What fun it is!

    It should.

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    Re: How/What fun it is!

    I suppose it's grammatical to use fun as an adjective like that (rather than a noun as in What fun it is!), but it does sound odd.

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    #4

    Re: How/What fun it is!

    I'm okay with both versions.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: How/What fun it is!

    I find "How fun it is!" completely unnatural in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: How/What fun it is!

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I suppose it's grammatical to use fun as an adjective like that (rather than a noun as in What fun it is!), but it does sound odd.
    Is "Jingle Bells" sung in England? It contains a couple of classic examples of that construction:

    "Oh, what fun it is to ride
    in a one-horse open sleigh!"


    "What fun it is to sing
    a sleighing song tonight!"

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    Re: How/What fun it is!

    In recent decades, fun has come to be used as an adjective in some contexts. You'll often hear people speaking of having a fun day or a fun time, for example.

    However, while the British National corpus has 236 citations for 'much fun', and 95 for 'a lot of fun', it has none for 'very fun'.
    It has 57 citations for 'such fun', and none for 'so fun'.
    It has 44 citations for 'what fun' and none for 'how fun'

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    #8

    Re: How/What fun it is!

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    Is "Jingle Bells" sung in England?
    Yes.

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    #9

    Re: How/What fun it is!

    I hear "very fun", "a fun thing" and similar forms quite regularly. A search of "very fun" in fraze-it gives plenty of examples, including a few from the UK.
    https://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?hardm=...p=1&q=very+fun

    However, the exclamation "How fun it is!" in the original post does strike me as unusual.
    Last edited by JMurray; 11-Aug-2019 at 06:21.
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    Re: How/What fun it is!

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I hear "very fun", "a fun thing" and similar forms quite regularly. A search of "very fun" in fraze-it gives plenty of examples, including a few from the UK.
    https://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?hardm=...p=1&q=very+fun
    I am clearly behind the times.

    Incidentally, if you check the fraze.it link, you need to get beyond the first page, where three of the nine citations are not for 'very fun'.





    • Sitting on top of a hoard of gold like some fantasy dragon is not very much fun. (open, save, copy)
      forbes.com



    • Very few openly make fun of him, though he has run into people like that before. (open, save, copy)
      freep.com



    • Plus, Grayson is very good company and going out and staying in with him is fun. (open, save, copy)



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